“ Brand: Benefit / Type: Lipgloss / Suitable for: Lip „
This is another product like the Benefit Lipsticks that I got free through an offer that was on Flake chocolate a few years ago. I was originally going to sell it on ebay or give it as a gift to someone but decided to keep it as I've never liked lip glosses much and thought because it was Benefit and quite expensive it might be different!
The colour I got was 'Fresh Squeezed' as it was the most subtle colour on offer, a shimmery dull pink. The gloss is shown clearly through the tube and you cans see there is a lot there! The tube is clear with a black lid with benefit written in black on the bottom with the benefit swirls on the side, the lid is a screw lid and is very tight so no worries that it will open in your bag.
The applicator is a slanted sponge one and you get a good dollop of gloss out, my lips are extremely small so it's actually a little too much for me! The smell is quite strong and I don't particularly like it that much, my friends own this product too and love it though but it puts me off the gloss a lot as I can then taste it and smell it all day.
The colour of my lips is very subtle but the shimmer is very obvious. It is glossy but not really 'wet' looking if that makes sense which I personally like as it's not too over the top but it still gives a nice effect. I don't have to apply it very often as it seems to last for ages or until I end up licking my lips but it's easy enough to reapply it again. I also notice when I have removed it my lips feel very soft which is a plus and it helps cover cracked lips too. It's also not too over sticky on your lips either which is what I love most about it, your hair will stick get stuck to it in the wind but you lips won't stick together and feel gloopy or leave greasy marks on glasses everywhere.
I'd recommend this lip gloss as a good gift for someone but just to buy I wouldn't as I don't think it's that much different than other lip glosses on the high street , although the tube does look nice but I wouldn't spend almost £15 on it!
If you've read any of my previous reviews you'll know that i'm a real make up addict and in particularly branded make up such as Elizabeth Arden and Benefit. The Benefit range is my favourite because it is really young, up to date and modern.
This review centres on a Benefit lipgloss in 'zone out' shade. Typically, lipglosses tend to be shiny and sticky but this one is completely different. The lipgloss comes in a fancy box with a black and white design, i tend to keep the lipglosses in their original boxes as they look really neat and tidy on my shelves at uni! The lipgloss itself comes in a 50ml tube which is made from hardened plastic and again looks really funky and modern.
The applicator is very long and soft making for a really easy application, the applicator is shaped in such a way that the lipgloss doesn't gather at the end but instead spreads evenly on the applicator which ensures that you dont end up with too much lipgloss on!
The smell is rather fruity and fresh and you can smell this at all times when wearing the lipgloss. The lipgloss doesn't come off easily which is an added bonus especially if your on a night out or on a date etc! I even find that it doesn't come off even when your drinking or eating which is rare for a lipgloss.
This colour is called 'zone out' and is a pale, peach colour. It looks really natural when it's applied. I often apply it over various colours of lipstick and it adds a sheen to the colour which again looks natural and shiny. The substance of the lipgloss isn't in any way sticky which is unlike the stereotypical lipgloss, it has a really soft texture and again the smell is a real added bonus.
Just when I thought I was struggling to think of the negatives I find my Boots receipt and realise that I paid £14 for this lipgloss. On a student budget, £14 could be said to be extortiante for a beauty product but I think it will last me for months and it is the perfect colour I really can't fault this product. It is another in a very long line of extremely sucessful Benefit products which look extremely cool and do their job better than any on the market. If your looking for your lipgloss to just give a shine then I would opt for a cheaper, supermaket bought basic lipgloss but if you want to indulge and treat yourself then you can find the perfect colour for you as they come in a range of colours.
Overall, I would recommend this product to a friend but I would pre-warn them of the price of the product, this lipgloss is a luxury item. Its the perfect size for the handbag too which is a real bonus! I award this product 4 stars, it looses out on 1 due to the price, unfortunately.
What is it, and what does it claim to do?
"Life on the A-List", a coloured lip gloss from BeneFit that claims to "glide on the perfect payoff, dazzling shine and would never dream of being sticky! They're the glosses you've been waiting for!"
There are eight different shades in the range, under the umbrella name of Love Your Look Lip Gloss.
Who are you wearing? - Passion Fruit Pink
Fresh Squeezed - Pink Grapefruit
Friends in high places - Sparkling Raspberry
I'm with the band - Golden Pink Shimmer
Almost Famous - Copper Penny
Zone Out - Golden Nude
Kiss You - Clear Fuchsia
And this product: Life on the A-List - Bubble-gum Pink. This shade was one of the glosses available to be won in the Flake Promotion that ran from February 2010 to October 2010.
The lip gloss comes in a substantial cardboard box decorated with white swirls that mirror the decoration on the gloss tube. The ends of the box are coloured in a similar colour to the gloss inside, and there is a small window to allow you a view of the lip gloss inside. The top of the box details the name of the product, and the back of the box gives details of the ingredients. The sides are covered in similar swirling patterns to that on the front.
The tube itself is made of a thick plastic with a predominantly clear bottom half to allow a visual of the colour of the gloss and the top in black. It contains 5.0mL (0.17 US fl. oz.) of the product. The benefit logo is shown toward the bottom of the tube. The detailing on the tube is strong and does not easily chip.
Unfortunately it is not made clear on the tube or the box whether they can be recycled. I would assume that at the least the box is.
Application and Removal
This lip gloss is contained in a typical tube with a brush attached to the lid. To apply, simply unscrew the top and pull out the brush which should be loaded with the product ready to sweep across ones lips.
The brush on the applicator stick is slanted, as is often found on lip glosses to enable easier application. The problem with this brush is that the material from which it is made begins to fall apart after very few uses. It appears that this is caused by the brush scraping against the neck of the tube as the top is removed. This may be an anomaly, but it is certainly a little irritating.
This product is easily removed with any good make-up removal product (or even just the back of a hand).
How does it look?
Life on the A-List is described as a bubblegum-pink with a "delicate apricot-lychee" scent. As far as the scent goes, I would not describe it as delicate - it is rather strong, and a whiff of it can give you a taste of the chemicals in the back of your throat. However, it does smell apricot-like.
The colour appears to be more coral than pink. For me that is not a problem as the online swatch I chose this product from appeared to be more coral than pink. However, if one was to base their decision solely on the description of the product being a "bubble-gum pink" then they may be disappointed.
The gloss has a rather thick consistency that is noticeable on the lips when one first applies it. Due to this, any dry areas of the lips may be highlighted as the gloss clumps in those areas. This can be avoided by first brushing the lips with a toothbrush to remove dry, loose skin - but even without this precaution soon after application the gloss relaxes into the skin rather than sitting atop it. I was pleasantly surprised by this, as I have run into a few lip products that persistently sit on my lips uncomfortably. Due to the thickness, it is slightly tacky.
Although this isn't marketed by BeneFit as one of their Shine Lip Glosses, it has a pleasant sheen to it.
The RRP of this product is £14.00, but shopping around online will provide lower prices. The lowest I found when writing this review was £9.50 on eBay.
Overall, despite the fragility of the applicator I am quite happy with this product and might consider purchasing it in the future.
also posted on ciao under the same name
I got this from the Flake promotion and I'm so glad I did! There are lots of colours available and they all look very pretty. I chose the shade Fresh Squeezed after hearing many good things about it. It is a very unusual colour and I think it would suit most people, young and old. It's almost a peach colour but with lovely subtle shimmers. It looks quite expensive even on the lips.
The texture is not sticky or gloopy, it feels lovely. My only complaint is that you can feel the bits of glitter on your lips as it feels quite gritty. It smells fresh and fruity which was a lovely surprise. It lasts quite a long time which is nice but it doesn't last as long as brands such as Clinque, which last through eating and talking etc.
The packaging is very pretty and feels very high quality. The applicator is a normal sponge applicator but applies the product evenly. I love that it comes in a box as I feel this is a really expensive looking detail.
The retail price of this is around £14 which is quite expensive. Would I pay this? I'm not sure. It is a lovely colour and the other colours in the range do look lovely so I would definately consider it.
I'm one of the many lucky people that has (or will!) won a Benefit lip product in the recent cadbury's flake promotion - chocolate and free benefit make up? What more could a girl ask for!?
I chose to have a lipgloss, as I'm not a lipstick kinda girl. The colour I chose is called "Life on the A List" and I think is the one pictured above. It is a peachy pink colour with a slight shimmer to it.
As ever, with Benefit make up, the fun starts with the packaging. The box picks up the signature retro style and peachy colour. The lipgloss itself is in a heavyweight, luxe looking, and feeling heavy plastic tube, it feels like glass. I feel a little bit guilty having it knocking around in my handbag, I feel like it should be artfully arranged on my dressing table in my boudoir (not that I have a boudoir, but you understand the sentiment!) The bottle carries on the retro feel that the box gives, with swirly decorations in black that accents the colour of the lip gloss.
Unlike many lipglosses, this one has a really solid applicator stick, made of the same material as the outside. The lip applicator itself is very similar to many others I've seen and used, its kind of foamy and shaped to wrap your lip shape.
The colour is fairly pale, and can go a little bit streaky, but after a couple of coats my lips look lovely and shiny, not too heavily coloured and overall I'm quite impressed with the look, and best of all they don't feel overly sticky - that is a massive bonus for me.
Probably my favourite thing though, is the smell. Its really fruity, but not in a "I'm going to spend all day licking my lips" way. I think i smell grapefruit.
Depending where you buy the product from it can range in price from £9 to £14, and I like it, but I'm not sure I'd pay that, but it is a lovely treat.
As you may be aware, the chocolate bar, Flake, have a Benefit lipstick promotion on at the moment. I am pleased to say that I managed to get hold of one of these little goodies.
There are several lipsticks and two lip glosses to choose from on the website. I chose 'Fresh Squeezed over Life' on the A List and just under three weeks later, my lip gloss lovely arrived in the post.
My Benefit lip gloss is a pretty peach colour. I was hoping the effect would be very natural, but instead it looks quite dressy and shows you've made an effort. This of course is no bad thing and I'm the sort of person that may wear it to the local shop, even so!
It looks like tiny particles of glitter have been added to the gloss to create a beautiful shimmer effect, which is sure to get you noticed!
I think this lip gloss creates the perfect balance, as it has a sense of maturity, but with a youthful edge to it.
I have a pink squeezy lip gloss from The Body Shop and it's interesting to note the differences between them. My Body Shop gloss is far gloopier and creates a sticky effect on the lips, as well as looking sweet and girly.
On the other hand, this Benefit lip gloss glides on very easy and has a good consistency which is not too thick. It doesn't seem to attract my hair to stick to my lips in the same way, thankfully! I would say that this gloss has a lovely, feminine feel to it, but is far more glamorous than my old Body Shop gloss.
The only complaint I have is that it's very slightly grainy when you rub your lips together.
As with most lip glosses, this needs regularly reapplying. If you drink or maybe even talk too much, then it will soon start to disappear! This is a right pain, as at only 5ml, there is not an awful lot in the tub anyway.
My Benefit Lipstick came in a suitably sized box, not much bigger than the gloss itself. I was pleased with this because it means I can easily recycle it.
The box design is pretty funky! Black and white swirls adorn three out of four sides, with the back displaying the ingredients. On the top is a square showing the colour and name of the exact lip gloss you have chosen. I felt this should have been on the tub also to help differentiate for anyone who has decided to buy (or win, like me!) more than one shade.
As you can see in the picture above, the tub is simple but very effective.
Although I expect it is made of plastic, it looks a lot like glass, which makes it very attractive. The Benefit logo is etched into the bottom and reflects as you rotate the tub.
The design is one of black swirls to match the box, but the rest is left clear to make it obvious which colour is shining through.
The lid unscrews easily to reveal the applicator. I thought the design of the wand was stunning - a clear cylinder, very classy.
The brush at the end isn't as posh as I'd expected it to be. There is no definite shape like some more expensive brands have, some with flat, heart-shaped applicators.
Therefore, it required a couple of dips into the gloss before spreading it on my lips to get the look I required.
I also recommend putting your thumb between your lips afterwards. This gets rid of the lip gloss that may end up on your teeth - not a good look!
Almost Famous - a chocolate pink
Fresh Squeezed - the one I have reviewed, a peach colour
Friends in High Places - a reddish pink
I'm With the Band - a Barbie pink
Kiss You - a rich, deep pink
Life on the A List - a light salmon pink
Who Are You Wearing? - a bright, medium pink
Zone Out - more natural, beige pink
I don't think I would spend the retail price of £14 on this lip gloss, unless of course I won the lottery! But I definitely suggest becoming a fan of Flakes, as I think this is a brilliant deal!
I think their range of colours is pretty good and eight shades is quite impressive. However, I think they are lacking in dark browns and reds.
Some similar products smell a bit sickly, but the scent of this lip wear is rather subtle. It's maybe a little fruity - grapes perhaps - but once on, I think you'll hardly notice it.
I would say that after use, my lips felt a little softer than before.
I think that 'Fresh Squeezed' is a lip gloss that will suit all skin tones and it does match nicely with my olive skin.
Overall, this is a lovely lip gloss that I think most women will be pleased with and it only has a few negative aspects.
For a long time, I've been a dedicated follower of Mac makeup, and have been very reluctant to branch out to any other brands. However the other week, I happened across a pile of Benefit lip glosses in my local TK Maxx, and I decided that it was worth a try.
One of my biggest problems with lip gloss is when it's too sticky, and Benefit have created the first lip glosses I've ever found which truly don't leave your lips tacky to the touch. The glosses are smooth, long lasting and come in a wide selection of gorgeous colours. They're packaged absolutely impeccably, and have a retro feel to them which you don't get with a lot of other, more modern make up brands.
I will confess that I've always been discouraged from trying Benefit by the somewhat overeager sales assistants that you find at many counters, as I prefer to browse in my own time and ask for assistance as and when I'm ready, but now that I've tried their products in my own time, I will definitely be more willing to take a look at their products in shops.
It is a pricey brand, but time and time again, particularly with make up brands, I have found that you really do get what you pay for.
Ok like in my previous reviews of Benefit products I will give a little overview about how it all started; Back in 1976 twin sisters Jean and Jane Ford opened up their first Boutique in San Francisco known as " The Face Place", The sisters passion for make-up mixed along with the high quality products they sold, their originality and the sisters combined sense of humour ,which we see depicted through the sassy packaging and witty product names today started to attract a lot of attention and in 1990 they re branded and became as what we know it today "Benefit". At that point they had 5 Boutiques within the San Francisco area but with the help of word of mouth, popularity and high demand it soon started to see Benefit counters opening in Department stores across the world. They had literally put fun into make-up and girls and women loved it.
Now if any of you have read any of my Benefit reviews before you will know that Make-up and Benefit products are one of my Penchants in life, I just love their make and find it very hard passing a Benefit counter without sneaking a peek and usually purchasing something to add to my ever growing collection
I personally am not a big lipstick fan at all so I usually wear glosses on a daily basis and especially like ones with a burst of colour pigmentation. I've used Benefit glosses in the past, usually Her Glossiness but recently since Benefit have decided to start phasing out and replace their two previous lip gloss lines "The Gloss" and "Her Glossiness" to the new Love your...Lip Gloss line I thought that I would give this a go and see if it could match up or do any better.
Now to my disappointment and like I've noticed with more recent releases of Benefit products the packaging really does leave a lot to be desired, compared to that usual cute, sassy colourful packaging with those sassy images of 50s girls that I've always associated with Benefit products in the past. It's more contemporary and modern with its use of black and white and to be honest in my opinion boring compared to other products like Coralista, Thrrob and Miss Popularity with their colourful eye catching packaging. There is no witty quotations or sassy images, just black and white pattern designs across the box.
The Packaging itself is a long square shaped box primarily in black and white design with different patterns around the sides, the back is a block of white colour with all the usual ingredients and contents of the gloss and to the front is a small tear drop shaped window integrated within the design to allow you to see the shade of the gloss inside.
The Lip gloss itself is housed in a clear round bottle so you can see the shade of the gloss inside, It has the word Benefit scrolled around the bottom and a contemporary design around the rim of black swirling loops. The bottle has a black's screw lid and that itself has a soft cushion paddle that enables you to smooth the gloss easily on to the lips.
Through the Bottle the Glosses seem extremely pigmented and infused with lots of colour and have a very noticeable amount of shimmer but once applied to the lips the gloss itself is actually quiet semi sheer in colour. Applied using the soft paddle applicator the gloss is slightly more thicker in consistency than other glosses I have used, creamier but in no way does it make the gloss sticky and it still applies nice and evenly. Once applied to my lips they feel smooth and moisturised .
The gloss itself has a super sweet scent to it, very girly and has a faint fruity taste to them.
Now as much as the gloss leaves the lips with a nice natural shimmering look these new glosses don't seem to shine as brightly as their previous lines, that even as bright as these glosses look in the bottle the pigmentation is not as bright on the lips so the glosses look duller, so if you are wanting lips infused with colour I wouldn't really recommend this gloss for you but If you're after a more natural lip look with a glossy shimmering finish then this is definitely for you.
Now as much as I really do love these lip glosses there is one downside to them, They don't last too long on, Now that could be me continuously rubbing my lips together or from drinking and eating but due to this fact I don't see the 5ml lip gloss lasting that long so will be having the replace it fairly soon due to constantly re applying it but other than that I do really like this gloss range.
Benefit currently produce the Love your..Lip Gloss in 8 different shades.
I'm with the band
Friends in high places
Life on the A List
Who are you wearing?
Although like I've said about other different Benefit products on the market like the velvet Eyeshadows I have noticed that depending on where you purchase your Benefit products from can depend on the shades which are available to purchase.
Benefit Love your...Lip Gloss
This product retails at £14.00 for a 5ml bottle of the gloss